Managing your mental wellbeing during COVID-19

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought about a range of notable changes for the way many of us live our lives.  The social restrictions and the impact of them has resulted in many challenges, consequently affecting the mental wellbeing of many.

With restrictions being heightened in various states, it is important to manage your mental health and take care of your overall wellbeing during this challenging time.

Mental wellbeing

Managing mental wellbeing

Putting strategies into place can help to enhance your wellbeing and manage mental health challenges that you may be facing.

Ease in

It may feel as though you have just started to adjust to the previous level of restrictions, and now it’s time to get used to this altered version. Be patient with yourself (and others), understanding that it will probably take some time to find a new rhythm as restrictions ease or change over time. It’s okay to take it slow and be patient with yourself as you get used to the changes. Don’t feel like you have to rush out and visit family and friends immediately simply because you can — you can adjust to life in your own time.

Prioritise self-care

Taking care of ourselves is essential when it comes to managing mental health. Focus on practicing self-care, including regular exercise, adequate quality sleep and eating healthy foods. Aiming to incorporate these three things into your day can go a long way to support your wellbeing. Create a daily schedule so that caring for your mental wellbeing becomes part of your routine.

What you’re feeling is okay

This year has brought some unprecedented changes to all our lives. While we are now able to move about with more freedom, it is not unusual to have a range of feelings to deal with. Many of us could be feeling anxious or fearful of going back into the community, while others may be experiencing depression or worry about a range of issues including employment, health, family or money.

Find time for nature

Seeking out green space, such as being outside in nature, has proven benefits for mental health. This goes for children too. From lessened depression symptoms to reduced anxiety and lower stress levels, natural environments can have a powerful impact. There is even evidence to support the wellbeing benefits of having plants within your indoor spaces!

Do things you enjoy

Carve out time to pursue the things that make you happy. Perhaps it’s playing a musical instrument, doing yoga, reading, photography, playing videogames — whatever makes you feel good. Allowing space for the things you enjoy can lift your mood and give you a much-deserved break.

Seek out support

Help is available if you need it. If your mental health is suffering, chat to your doctor about a mental health plan. There are also a number of organisations who can help to support you in managing your mental health and wellbeing during this difficult time:

    • Lifeline Australia –  Provide access to 24 hour crisis support and suicide prevention services.
      Website: Telehone: 13 11 14
    • Beyond Blue – Provides information, and support for depression, anxiety and suicide prevention.
      Website: Telephone: 1300 224 636
    • Headspace – Provides young people with information and resources on mental health, physical health, work and study support, and alcohol and other drug services.
      Website: Telephone: 1800 650 890
    • 1800 Respect – Provides 24 hour support to people impacted by sexual assault, domestic or family violence and abuse.
      Website: Telephone: 1800 737 732
    • Mindspot – Provides free effective internet delivered psychological assessment and treatment for stress, anxiety, worry, depression, low mood, OCD and trauma (PTSD).
      Website: Telephone: 1800 614 434
    • Kids Helpline – Provides private and confidential 24/7 phone and online counselling service for young people aged 5 to 25.
      Website: Telephone: 1800 55 1800
    • National Debt Helpline – Helps people tackle their debt problems.
      Website: Telephone: 1800 007 007


For information about additional organisations, resources, and online mental wellbeing apps, please visit our mental health resources page for contact details.


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